In honor of Women’s History Month, we are sharing gratitude for the women who help us nourish humanity and the world at Cafe Yumm!. Since 1997, we have been committed to gender equity within our company and the communities where we live and work.
From creating paths for career development and advancement, to supporting non-profit organizations that assist women in need, and displaying art made by women in our restaurants, we seek to acknowledge and celebrate the multitude of accomplishments and contributions made by women.
Each day, we are in awe of the amazing women in leadership across Café Yumm!, including Mary Ann, the co-founder of our restaurants and creator of Yumm! Sauce®, our COO and Vice President Kim Boone, franchise owners, restaurant managers, and many others in managerial roles who actuate our company’s mission and purpose.
In fact, more than half of our leadership is women-led, and most of these inspirational women started their Yumm! journey with entry level positions before being promoted. We wouldn’t be able to serve beautiful, delicious, nourishing food without their dedication, integrity, and savvy.
Celebrating women also means valuing their work and sharing their voices. Look for these powerful pieces created by women artists in our restaurants.
Svitlana Verbovetska, painter of Queen says, “I wanted to show what a woman can see and feel with her heart and without words. Pure soul and character.”
Alexandra Andreica, the artist behind Hush told us, “The painting is a manifest of frustration, myself fighting my own demons, an inner struggle, a quiet scream on the inside while trying to pretend everything is ok. The mouth is completely covered leaving just the eyes to express it all.”
The experience of being a women is complex, with myriad struggles and joys, informed by race, class, religion, education, and gender expression – and all facets deserve to be given light.
Outside of our restaurant walls, Café Yumm! is also happy to support the important work of non-profits like the Hope and Safety Alliance in Eugene. This organization has provided trauma-informed and survivor-centered services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence for over 40 years.
Each year, they serve thousands of adults and children by operating a 24-hour crisis hotline, offering assistance in safety planning, hosting support groups, and providing emergency housing. If you would like to learn more about their programs or make a donation, please visit their website at hopesafetyalliance.org.